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Editorial: Grim news for Kenny and Cowen

TWO party leaders will today be considering their political futures after a new poll revealed Labour is now the best supported party.

Support for Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Fianna Fail has dropped significantly.

And there are dark clouds on the horizon for Fine Gael's Enda Kenny, who has seen support for his party fall, as well as his personal satisfaction rating.

The results of the poll are extraordinary, showing how the two main parties are effectively being shown the red card by voters.

There is no doubt that Labour, and its leader Eamon Gilmore, are benefiting from Fianna Fail's woes. But Fine Gael will be left wondering why it hasn't been able to make any ground at the expense of their rivals.

It all heaps more pressure on Brian Cowen following highly critical reports about the banking crisis. The stakes are high as we await what unfolds next.